Danny Wattin (b. 1973) is a Swedish writer with a Jewish heritage and an Australian residency. Considered one of the most unique literary voices of his country, with a style that is completely his own, Wattin’s work is instantly recognisable regardless of genre.
However, it took him a long time to find an outlet for his works. Not until 2005, after a number of years spent travelling and experimenting with various forms of fictional writing, did he publish the short story collection Stockholm Tales, a series of interconnected stories about the absurdity of modern life that gained cult status and became one of the most talked about Swedish debut books of the year. This was followed by See You in the Desert, a novel about an office worker’s journey into insanity. In 2009 Wattin changed genres and released the dystopian novel Excuse me, but your soul just died inspired by the development and commercialisation of reproductive technology.
Apart from adult fiction Danny Wattin writes screenplays, science-based journalism and children’s books. In 2013, he released Treehouse Boy, the result of a six months collaboration project with twenty-two nine-year-olds. His latest book, Herr Isakowitz’s Treasure, is his most personal to date. It is the true account of a European road trip he undertook with his father and son in search of the treasure his great grandfather buried before he was taken away to concentration camp.
Over the years Wattin’s works has been compared to those of Douglas Adams, Kurt Vonnegut, Michail Bulgakov, George Orwell and Roald Dahl. But even though he, in some respects, share a common ground with these writers his style is one hundred per cent his own.